London Mark Annual Meeting Thursday 14th July 2016

This will be a really exciting meeting with the Installation of a new DPGM W. Bro. Thomas Quinn, two new APGMs W. Bro. Clifford Sturt and W. Bro. Timothy MacAndrews plus the appointment and promotion of many very deserving Provincial Grand Officers.

The meeting starts off at 2pm in Freemasons Hall with a fanfare of music and welcomes all Distinguished Brethren. This will be followed with rapturous applause by a Delegation of Nonagenarian Brethren, the Worshipful Masters of all the London Mark Lodges, the Worshipful Commanders of all the London Royal Ark Mariner Lodges and finally the Newly Advanced London Mark Master Masons, the Newly Advanced Brothers present will all receive a special lapel pin to mark the occasion.

Our very own Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother David Ashbolt will preside and during his address will update us all on what has happened over the previous 12 months and what exciting plans he has for the next 12 months within the Mark Province of London.

The PGM is looking forward to seeing very many old and new friends and is hoping for a bumper turn out.

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STOP PRESS - A VERY SPECIAL INVITATION TO ALL MMM OF LONDON

Brethren of the Province of London are cordially invited to attend the Installation Meeting of the Metropolitan Lodge of MMM No. 2003, on Tuesday 28th June at 4.30 pm in Mark Masons Hall. This will be a very special occasion on a number of fronts and is open to all Mark Master Masons of London.
W. Bro. Michael Ward will be installing his successor – our very own PGM, RW Bro. David Ashbolt. RW Bro. Ray Smith (our new Deputy Grand Master) will be in attendance and will also be dedicating the Lodge’s Banner.

The afternoon promises to be very memorable and David is keen that the occasion should be shared with, not only Metropolitan Lodge Members and their guests, but as many Brethren of his Province (and beyond) as possible. If you would like to attend, please complete the attached form and return it to W. Bro. Trevor Gray by 22nd June (full details are contained within the form).

Please note you must complete and return the form whether or not you are dining so that seating in the Temple can be monitored and managed.

PGM Writes, June 2016

Brethren as we approach the highlight of our Mark Masonic year, our Annual General Meeting on the 14th July at Freemasons Hall, I thought I would update you on a few things.

Firstly I would like to thank all those Brethren who were able to support the Grand Master’s Lodges of Instruction Festival on the 29th April in the Grand Temple at Freemasons Hall. To be able to host this really was an honour for myself as the President for 2016 and for the Province. It will not come London Province’s way again for many years. It was an absolute feast of Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Masonic ritual and I hope that many of you will feel sufficiently encouraged to support the regular meetings of this very special L of I, which is usually held at Mark Masons Hall on the first and third Mondays of each month – September to April. The diary of the exact meeting dates for 2016/17 will be available shortly on our web site, although membership is open to all Mark and R.A.M. Brethren, not just London masons – so bring along your Mark colleagues from other Provinces.

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London Mark Golf Day 7th September 2016 Chobham Golf Course

The sun is starting to shine and the ground drying out. Before you book your summer golfing trips make sure you keep the Wednesday 7th September 2016 clear. Of course it is the big golf day of the year, yes it is the Annual London Mark Golf Day.

By popular request it will again be held at Chobham Golf Club, Knaphill, Surrey..

We hope that you have already taken up your free round at Chobham, or are you saving it for a practice round nearer the date? After last year’s deluge we have no defending Champions although I think Onslow will refute that.

The format will be our tried and tested one, Teams of Four, Full Handicap and best three scores to count. There will be Longest Drive, Nearest the Pin, Team and Individual Prizes.
Cost:- £50 per player To include

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A Glimpse into The World of James Bond, 007 on Saturday 29th October 2016

A Glimpse into The World of James Bond, 007

He’s everybody’s favourite Secret Agent. James Bond, 007, Licensed to Kill. Created by Ian Fleming and perpetuated in the world of film, and in our hearts, by some of the biggest Box Office names in the World.

We are offering you the opportunity to learn a little bit more about James Bond on Saturday 29th October at Mark Masons Hall, 86, St James’ Street, London when Attilio Grandani will again be hosting a Lecture/Dinner evening. The tickets are already on sale at only £48.00 each, and will be strictly limited. A great night out for Wives, Partners and Girlfriends to enjoy in a great venue with excellent food.

Bring along Family and Friends and have a great evening out whilst helping very worthwhile Charities.

We all look forward to seeing you.

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The New 500 Club will be giving £1,600.00 to the winners and £1,600.00 to local London Charities.

The 500 Club has been giving away great cash prizes and since 1999 and provides London Mark and R.A.M. Lodges, individual Brethren and their families with the opportunity to win cash prizes: while at the same time generating donations for our Charities. 50% of the contributions go to Charity and 50% is handed back to subscribers at the Annual Prize Draw.

This year’s draw took place last Thursday 2nd June at the meeting of the London Mark Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge 1870 where a total of seven prizes were won, ranging from £500 to £50. The Club was also delighted to be able to match the prizes with charitable donations of £400 to each of our four nominated local charities;

Lifelites provides specialist entertainment, educational and assistive technology packages to children

Hackney City Farm is a community and educational resource and to give the people, particularly young people experience of animals.

St Johns Community Development Project, based in Clapham, serves the local community by providing a wide range of activities and events every week for senior citizens.

The Camden Town Shed is a club offering a workspace where older people can work on practical projects or follow hobbies with others.

Regalia Exchange (Click here to open)

"PROMOTIONS"

Have you been promoted in Mark Provincial Grand Rank or been appointed to Mark Grand Rank ?

Do you have un-needed Mark Provincial or Grand Rank regalia in a drawer or cupboard at home?

W. Bro. MC Black organises a Regalia Exchange which puts Brethren who wish to buy regalia for their new rank in touch with Brethren who wish to sell.

There's no charge for the service; the only cost to both buyers and sellers is that of one or two stamps.

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Invitation to Provincial Grand Officers to attend delegations 2016

As I am sure you are aware, the Province of London operates a system of Official Visits to nearly all of its Mark Lodges once every year – headed by a member of the Executive as the “Official Visitor”. Each Official Visitor to a Lodge is supported by a Delegation of Provincial Grand Officers drawn from Lodges in the Province other than the host Lodge. Attendance in a Delegation is open to all Grand Officers of the Province irrespective of their year of appointment. You are therefore cordially invited to apply for a place on any of the visits detailed on the schedule of Official Visits which can be found on the Provincial Website.

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Support Group for London Mark Lodges

I am pleased to advise that as part of its continuing and evolving support for the Province, the London Mark Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge (LMPGSL) earlier this year established, from within its members, a support group which can offer assistance to London Lodges in two ways:-

(1) Advancement Ceremony Support for Individual Offices

To provide support to London Mark Lodges by fielding Officers in Advancement Ceremonies, where a Lodge has a candidate but not a full complement of Officers to work the Mark Degree.

(2) Regular Lodge Meeting- Demonstration of Advancement Ceremony

To Demonstrate the Advancement Ceremony to a London Lodge, either when it has no Candidate or when a Lodge requires an element of instruction to be provided for inexperienced Members. It is expected that when members of LMPGSL are called upon to deliver a Demonstration, the Lodge will endeavour to structure and promote the evening as a special event. A good turnout of its members will be expected, especially inexperienced Officers as the Demonstration should not simply be regarded as a "fill in" when there is no Candidate or for "entertainment" purposes. Rather it should be seized upon as an opportunity for instruction and the communication of best practice.

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Roll of Honour. Minibus Appeal has changed to the Mobile Chemotherapy Bus Appeal

The minibus appeal has supplied 6 mini buses for RMBI Homes and no more are needed. As so many Lodges have indicated that they would like the appeal to continue to give them the chance of reaching the Platinum level and receiving an Axe, it has been decided to let the Appeal continue for the time being.

A very big thank you to all those who have supported the appeal by purchasing a tie-slide.

Check out the attached Roll of Honour and see if your name is there.

Check out the Lodge Roll of Honour and see the Lodges that have attained awards.

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